2 comments on “When Dogs Attack: 11 Steps That Could Keep You Alive

  1. While I don’t know about putting a dog in a headlock, having never tried it, I do know that one of the most important parts of training attack dogs is teaching them to go against their natural instinct to go for the throat. Once a dog’s feet leave the ground, all it takes is a strong swat to knock it off course. If you can push it into a wall or the side of your car, for example, you’ve not only kept the dog off you, you’ve probably injured it or at least given it cause to re-evaluate you as a target. At the very least, it buys you a couple of seconds to get into a better position. I should also note, however, that it takes great presence of mind to react effectively when a snarling dog launches itself at your face. Your natural instinct is to cringe or duck–both very bad ideas, but strongly programmed. If dog attacks are a significant risk where you live or work, at the very least you should do a mental run-through of responses every day. It’s not as good as getting out there in a padded suit and doing the real thing, but most of us have neither the time nor the opportunity to do that, and studies show that mental rehearsal significantly improves performance, so it’s better than nothing.

  2. I love animals to a fault and never would want to harm them. But if I had to take a defensive position to protect myself, someone else or another animal I would. I like the fact that in this post it seems that you are trying to be kind to the dog that would be attacking. Thank you for sharing. I’m definitely going to share this.

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